On August 16th, Governor Quinn finally signed SB 840 -- better known as the Cottage Food Law -- into law effective January 1, 2012. I think it is ironic that I sent a message to Governor Quinn via his website on Monday, August 15th urging him to sign the bill and VIOLA...it's done. What power I have!!!
So...as of January 1st of next year, food entrepreneurs will be able to make non-potentially hazardous foods in their own home kitchen. If you read my last blog posting of July 2nd (I know...I need to post more regularly) you can see a short listing of the rules of what foods are allowed and which ones can't be made in your own home kitchen. For the complete text of the new law, please see: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=097-0393
I printed out the law and will, over the next several posts, highlight some of the areas that you'll need to take special note of if you decide to legally prepare food from your home and sell it to the public beginning in 2012.
The first thing you will need to do is become an Illinois certified food handler. To do so you must take a 15 hour FSSMC course (that stands for Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification), pass the exam with a score of 75% or higher and pay a fee of $35 to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). I teach the 15 hour class, both at John A Logan College, and as private custom classes on demand. So if you'd like me to teach the class for you, please email or call me. You can get my contact information off of my website: www.safeandsavorysolutions.com
You can go to http://www.idph.state.il.us/, scroll down the page and click on the box "Food Sanitation Manager Certification Courses" to find courses in your area. Simply click on the box and it will take you to a map of the state of Illinois. Click on your county to find classes in your area. If no classes show up in your county, click on a neighboring county. Some counties, especially in deep Southern Illinois, do not have regular classes scheduled so if you are in need of a course and you live south of I70, give me a call and I'll put a class together for you.
Until next time...